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26 April 2018, 10:36 | Stacy Ballard

Pelicans Push Series Lead to 3-0

Pelicans Push Series Lead to 3-0

There was no real disgrace in losing 4-0 in the second round to eventual champions the Golden State Warriors last season, but losing in the same manner against the New Orleans Pelicans was a major surprise and failure on the Blazers' behalf this campaign.

The pair scored 28 of the Pelicans' final 29 points in Saturday's contest. Nothing could go wrong for the Blazers going into the playoffs with the record and Lillard having a career year, but everything has gone wrong for the team in the postseason.

Lillard said he didn't notice the way Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday pointed toward fallen Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic on Thursday night after Anthony Davis dunked on Nurkic. We can watch Game 4, through the comfortable lens of a 3-0 Pelicans lead, as a possible deciding night for series MVP. Great defense will only get you so far against a team this explosive, and the Spurs have found out in the first round that Golden State is always one lightning-quick second-half run away from sending the fans to the exits early.

But New Orleans was able to contain him in the playoffs.

At a certain point, owners and management expect a team to take a step forward or they begin asking what they are doing.

"I just kind of feel like it's my time to shine", Holiday said on ESPN's Get Up! show. "This is just one check mark of the bigger goal that we have in mind".

numberFire's models project the Pelicans for only a 2.8% chance of winning the NBA Championship. I'll have a hard time forgetting the bad back-to-back iso possessions for Clark in Game 1.

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"I just want to come in and be in the best shape of my life".

As Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday walked the floor together, on the verge of completing one of the best tandem performances in National Basketball Association playoff history, the Smoothie King Center pulsated with guttural shouts, cracking high-fives and red-tinged dancing. Portland went 50-95 from the field (52.6%) but visited the line only 16 times, making 13. By about everyone's estimation, his best season to date. He also scored 33 points in Game 2 and averaged 27.8 points in the four-game series against Portland.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Now that five-time All-Star Anthony Davis has his first taste of a playoff triumph, he sounds eager to see what's next.

"I mean, I don't agree with it". Anyone who plays them in the upcoming weeks should be freakin' out. "Like Anthony said it's just a part of all of our legacies here to try to build something and continually build on it". "I couldn't imagine what it's like going all these years with not being able to compete in the postseason when you're that level of player". "I've seen him completely take over games".

"It's a disappointing end for us. You work so hard to give yourself the opportunity to play in the playoffs and it's disappointing to lose it", Lillard said.

Lillard and the Blazers have made the playoffs in each of the past five years - but they haven't made it past the second round, and they have now been swept in the first round for the second straight year.



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